Just as we have a hand dominance, we have dominance in our eyes, ears, feet, and in our brain.
While most people know that the brain has two hemispheres, it can further be divided into front and back, thus giving four distinct regions - each of which making a unique contribution to the taking in and processing of information.
This otherwise is known as our "thinking.
" Our brain's dominance has to do with which area of the cortex is most electrically efficient.
The four areas are associated with Carl Jung's typology.
The names of each of these are: thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuition.
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We all have an area - a brain quadrant- that is the most efficient.
Where this area is, then, tells us what our primary mode of thinking is.
Typically an adjacent quadrant gets developed as a dependable "helper" - these are natural auxiliaries (somewhat less efficient and easily accessible).
The area diagonally across from natural lead is your natural weakness (shadow function, some would say) as it is less efficient AND not easily accessed (there aren't diagonal connection in the brain).
This for you, which is the source for possible "shadow" work, is the basal left as this is the most difficult to access (there aren't diagonal connections in brain...
) About 55% the population functions with two strongly developed modes of thinking (two quadrants) and is seen as more flexible and broad-minded than the 25% of the population that has only one highly developed mode (often seen as an "expert" in their field but narrow-minded in other areas).
Tri-modal thinkers are rarer, making up about 15% of the population.
These individuals, with their wide-ranging developed competencies, enjoy a flexible strength.
They are often recognized as translators as they find themselves being asked to assist people with differing and narrower patterns to understand each other (though, for these people decision-making can be difficult as three modes are all vying for control).
Lastly, 5% of the population is "whole-brainers" utilizing 4 modes.
These people (often CEO's) have a high degree of flexibility as well as indecisiveness; depending on the context.
What is important to keep in mind, however, is that all patterns can be equally valid and equally useful in life.
The energy and drive that the quarter-brain expert focuses in mode enable him or her to devote countless hours and concentrated effort to accomplishing things for which a more broad-minded person would not sit still.
At the same time, the breadth and holistic understanding of the more whole-brained person enable him/her to communicate more readily and effectively with a wide range of persons, a task that would confound and exhaust the narrowly focused brain.
The most important question to ask yourself is whether your present lead is your natural lead and the preference that energizes you by its high degree of natural efficiency.
When you have answered that, then you can ask yourself whether the additional modes you are using are your natural auxiliaries.
To honor and work with your natural dominance, you need to value it, use it and leverage it.
Over time we are energized and uplifted by leading with our natural preference and by using one or both of our natural auxiliaries to support our preference - by living over center.
By contrast, we are made irritable, anxious, exhausted and depressed by: trying to lead with one of our natural auxiliaries or trying to use our natural weakness as our lead or even as a primary auxiliary.
That is the way dominance works in our body! Think of how frustrating and time consuming it would be to write a letter with our non-dominant hand.
Often people "falsify" type meaning they live life outside of what is their brain dominance setting themselves up for things such as anxiety, irritability, headaches, depression, esteem/mood problems and often mid-life crisis.
Children in an effort to be loved, to fit in or to avoid being shamed will often begin to "act" in a manner that gives them some sense of reward.
If their type of thinking isn't cultivated or modeled to them they act according to some parameters outside of what their true nature might be; they don't know where their "true north" is.
The biggest populations of people that "falsify" are: basal right men that are discouraged from entering a "female" profession, frontal left women that are told that arguing isn't feminine and frontal right children that are teased or labeled as "dreamers".
One's inner compass, their soul's longing for expression,has many clues contained in what their innate biology is.
Regional blood flow in the brain - how energy flows through your brain is the neural substrate for how we think, how we move and how we act! You don't need expensive neuro-imaging to show you where your brain dominance is.
Certain handwriting indicators have been assignedto each of the four areas.
So, through examination and scoring of your handwriting, you are able to discover what your thinking pattern, your brain dominance pattern, looks like.
For maximum creativity and optimal thinking, we need to use our whole brain.
We need to learn where our thinking is strong and not so strong.
We are then able to actively work on developing competencies where we need to.
The brain and the hand are linked.
We can use our physiology (how we write) to understand our psychology.